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Sketches and Sculptures

Artifacts of time and place

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The first thing you’ll notice about Whiting Tennis is his sincerity.

He talks about prehistoric art and science fiction and how nobody knows what ancient artifacts meant to the people who made them.  The audience at a recent talk at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art loved it. 

The tall, gangly guy looks like a displaced cowboy and works full-time at his unique approach to art.

Every week, Tennis attends a life-drawing class. His sketches, he admits, have little to do with the…

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SVCR Aaron Neville

Dinner Plans

Catching up with ACME Farms + Kitchen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Even though I was expecting to find it there, the brown ACME Farms + Kitchen box sitting on my front doorstep when I returned home from work on a recent Thursday gave me a thrill.

I’d ordered a small “Locavore” box ($59), but wasn’t sure what would be inside. However, knowing in advance that the contents of the cardboard container were nothing but locally and regionally sourced foodstuffs was a hint that plenty of goodness was to be found within.

I wasn’t disappointed. As…

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West Coast Wellness

Summer Reading

The art of the memoir

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer is heralded as a time for the sort of escape provided by light, guilty pleasure beach-reading, but memoirs are the type of books I enjoy this time of year, when the longer days and more relaxed pace invite slipping into another’s skin for several afternoons. The following memoirs all share an intensity that lends a page-turner quality to the reading, and the stories are compelling in that the authors are, in many ways, outsiders to their native culture. 

In The Long Haul: A…

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ICU Roof #2
On Stage

Field Guide

Of entertainment and expeditions

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

n a new “field guide” sent out by the Mount Baker Theatre, executive director Brad Burdick claims to have spent two-thirds of his adult life collecting experiences from around the globe for the historic hub—making him the perfect person to act as a liaison for those searching for entertainment-based expeditions.

“Consider this book a personal tour guide in your pocket as you map out new adventures for this year,” Burdick writes of the upcoming season’s offerings.


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3 Oms 8th Anniversary (Spotlight)

Marrowstone Music Festival

Hello mother, hello father

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

As a kid, I spent some time at summer camp. I’m proud to say I learned some things while I was there. One summer, I learned to sail a tiny, two-person sailboat. So, if you ever find yourself with a smooth lake, a small boat and a stiff breeze, but sans captain, I’m your girl. Another summer, I learned to make colorful friendship bracelets from skeins of embroidery floss. From that experiment, I reached the conclusion that it was preferable to never form friendships that reached the…

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3 Oms 8th Anniversary (Spotlight)

Girls Trip

It’s ladies night

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It’s barely been a month since the joyless Rough Night came and went in a blur of indifference, and this new comedy on paper could almost be the same movie—only with black sorority sisters and no corpse to dampen the weekend getaway. The difference is that Girls Trip actually delivers on its promise of a liberating good time, thanks in large part to the spirited characterizations and believable chemistry of its four immensely appealing leads. The progression from raunchy, raucous…

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SVCR Brunch

Forest Facts

The wonder of the woods

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pacific Northwesters may grumble about the lack of sunshine for nine months of the year, but when summer does bring its nonstop infusions of vitamin D, many residents choose to hide from the sun and seek cover in shady moss- and fern-filled forests—whether they’re in their backyards or a day trip away. A trio of events this weekend will provide even more relief from the heat.

For those whose acreage includes property with plenty of trees, a Forest Owners Field Day will take place…

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West Coast Wellness
The Gristle
Fire and Water

FIRE AND WATER: Whatcom County Fire District 8 and City of Bellingham officials met briefly this week. The Lake Whatcom Policy Group, the governing agencies for that municipal reservoir formed chiefly of Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham, also met this week. And though one topic was…

Alan Rhodes
Mr. Cranky’s Summer Academy

When I was a kid in school I thought tests were annoying. There was always just one right answer. How boring. How stifling to creativity. How damaging to one’s self-esteem. So I’m opening my own school this summer and I’ve tried my hand at making a test with no wrong answers. Just…

Lester and Hyldahl
Feed the hungry

What does it mean when 53 percent of children and youth in the county are eligible for free lunch programs? With one in five children in America living in homes in poverty, this is not just a…

Follow the money

Five major health insurance companies in the United States are led by CEOs, each of whom are paid between $130 million and $138 million a year. That is about $670 million a year to the five…

Go ahead, repeal and replace

As an activist Democrat, I completely support the Republican goal of repealing Obamacare. Obamacare is a gift to health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and investment companies…

Bellingham Farmer’s Market
Today's Events
Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours…

Bard on the Beach


Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s…

I and You


Lauren Gunderson’s “astonishing” drama, I and You, opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The play…

Plover Ferry Rides


The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Plover Rides


The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

North Cascades Vintage Fly-In


Attend the 35th annual North Cascades Vintage Fly-In from Friday through Sunday in Concrete. Aircraft competitions, arrivals and departures, a classic car show, food vendors, a beer garden,…

Mission Folk Music Festival


The 30th annual Mission Folk Music Festival takes place from Friday through Sunday at Mission, BC’s Fraser River Heritage Park. The festival is renowned for its mix of accessibility and…

Pop-Up Beer Garden


Recreation Northwest, Stones Throw Brewery, and Outbound will host a Pop-up Beer Garden to support the Fairhaven Park Trail and Wetland Boardwalk Project from 3-9pm in the recently renovated…

Sin & Gin Tours


Guides will regale audiences with tales of fascinating characters at the margins of history at Good Time Girls’ “Sin & Gin” tours every Friday and Saturday through August starting at 4pm at…

Skagit River Shakespeare Festival


Shakespeare Northwest continues its 15th annual Skagit River Shakespeare Festival this weekend with performances of The Comedy of Errors at 7pm Friday and 4pm Sunday at the Rexville Grange…

The Drowsy Chaperone


Celebrated Bellingham High School director Teri Grimes teams up with choreographer Tabetha Clark, musical director Steve Barnes, and BAAY Pro students ages 14-17 for performances of The…



Bellingham TheatreWorks presents world premiere performances of Bellingham-based playwright Teague Parker’s Sandcastle for the final weekend at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse…

An Improvised Musical


Watch epic improvised productions worthy of Broadway when “An Improvised Musical” returns to the stage at 9pm shows Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Each night, the…

Plant Hike


Explore plant communities of both thin rocky soil and lush alpine meadow at a Day Hike/Plant Walk at Grouse Ridge today. Meet at 7am at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway…

Forest Owners Field Day


Attend a Forest Owners Field Day family education event from 9am-4pm at Alexander Ross Tree Farm, 3783 Y Rd. Forestry specialists from around the region will be providing classes,…

Anacortes Farmers Market


Garden goods by approximately 60 vendors and more will be part of the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through October at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.

Mount Vernon Farmers Market


The 30th season of the Mount Vernon Farmers Market continues from 9am-2pm Saturdays through mid-October at the city’s Riverfront Plaza. A Wednesday Market takes place from 11am-4pm weekly…

Twin Sisters Farmers Market


Affordable, Whatcom County-grown produce can be procured at the Twin Sisters Farmers Market from 9am-3pm at the parking lot at Nugents Corner, and 10am-2pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork…

Fairhaven Steampunk Festival


As part of the annual Steampunk Festival happening from 10am-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, a variety of authors will read starting at 1pm at Village Books, 1200 11th. Scribes include…

Lummi Island Saturday Market


Produce sales, entertainment, games and more will be part of a Lummi Island Market taking place from 10am-1pm Saturdays through Sept. 2 next to the Islander grocery store, 2106 S. Nugent Rd.…

Bellingham Farmers Market


The 25th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm every Saturday through December at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Every week, a plethora of produce,…

Birch Bay Sandcastle Competition


The annual Birch Bay Sandcastle Competition starts at 10am Saturday at Birch Bay Community Park. At 10am Sunday, there will be a Labyrinth Building Competition. Through the weekend, there…

Blaine Gardeners Market


Homegrown and handmade farm products, baked goods, arts and crafts and more can be found at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through October at the city’s H Street Plaza.

Summer Harvest Day


Taste freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, take a guided tour and learn about a dynamic local food system at “Summer Harvest Day” from 10am-5pm at Everson’s Cloud Mountain Farm Center,…

Correspondence Club


Anyone over 8 years old can show up for the monthly Correspondence Club gathering from 10:30am-12:30pm at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. Supplies, materials and instructional guidance…

Summer Sampling Party


Local farmers and producers will be on hand to share the delights of the season at a Summer Garden Party taking place from 11am-3pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S.…

Plover Ferry Rides


The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Farm to Glass Distillery Tours


Attend Farm to Glass Distillery Tours at 12pm or 2pm Saturday and Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Attendees can learn about agricultural practices, cider-making and the…

Plover Rides


The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

Weaving Indra's Net


Drop in and help local artist Debra Goldman create a collaborative net from recycled and donated fabric at a “Creating Communities, Weaving Indra’s Net” event from 12:30-3pm at the Lummi…

Field Games Day


As part of the City of Ferndale’s “Summer of Fun” events, attend a Field Games Day starting at 1pm at VanderYacht Park, 1945 Washington St. The free, family-friendly gathering will feature…

Curator Talk and Clayton James Celebration


Attend a curator talk and a celebration of the life of area artist Clayton James (1918-2016) from 1-3pm at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St. While you’re there, peruse art…

Nooksack River Walk


Learn about salmon, discover native plants and find bugs at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s Nooksack River Walk starting at 3pm in Glacier at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead. The…

Beauty Lou and the Country Beast


Watch area youth share the stage with pros from the Missoula Children’s Theatre at performances of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast at 3pm and 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N.…

Taste of Walla Walla Dinner Cruise


A “Taste of Walla Walla” Dinner Cruise takes place from 5-10pm from 5-10pm leaving from Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes (attendees will be picked up at Hellam’s Vineyard in La Conner). Winery…

Feast & Frolic in the Fields


Enjoy a locally sourced meal prepared by Chef Ryan Ross and lively music at a “Long Live Farms: Feast & Frolic in the Field” dinner at 6:30pm at Burlington’s Viva Farms, 16470 State Route 20.…

Wine and Paint


A “Wine Lovers Paint Night” takes place from 6:30-8:30pm at Stoneycreek Glassware, 4833 Guide Meridian. Michelle Dooley of Artist by the Bay will lead a step-by-step process to create a wine…

Larry Hildes Benefit Concert


Raise money for Bellingham-based civil rights attorney Larry Hildes’ medical fund at a fundraising concert at 7pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Activist, singer and…

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